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Collection Building Through Publication

  1. 1. Collection Building Through Publication Writing Book Reviews and Working With Publishers for Collection and Professional Development Elizabeth Brown Binghamton University Libraries May 5, 2005
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Publishing industry organization, culture </li></ul><ul><li>Library book review sources </li></ul><ul><li>Application process for reviewers </li></ul><ul><li>How to write a book review </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of reviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Collection building benefits </li></ul>
  3. 3. Publishing Industry <ul><li>Books – scholarly, popular titles </li></ul><ul><li>Books – trade, university presses </li></ul><ul><li>Journals – society, for-profit </li></ul><ul><li>Magazines and newspapers </li></ul>
  4. 4. How do things get published? <ul><li>Masthead – list of staff </li></ul><ul><li>Editor – reviews content and makes decisions on what to publish </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Managing Editor: layout / design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literary Editor: writing or intellectual content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Circulation Editor: advertising and revenue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Executive Editor, Editor-in-Chief: runs magazine </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Library Book Review Sources <ul><li>E-Streams (YBP) – Science and Tech. </li></ul><ul><li>Library Journal – broad coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Choice – academic library titles </li></ul><ul><li>Booklist – ALA review journal </li></ul><ul><li>Other specialized web and print sites </li></ul>
  6. 6. Application Process for Reviewers <ul><li>Call for reviewers from publication OR </li></ul><ul><li>Call to review a specific item </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to editor / publication </li></ul><ul><li>Submit one (or more) writing samples </li></ul><ul><li>Complete application form </li></ul><ul><li>Assigned an editor based on subject / coverage in application </li></ul>
  7. 7. Application Details to Consider <ul><li>Areas of specialty: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collection responsibilities in job position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hobbies, interest, and training in other areas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to receive materials – home / office </li></ul>
  8. 8. Application Details <ul><li>Potential conflicts of interest: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic advisors, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research collaborators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Former supervisors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relatives </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Book Review Process <ul><li>Receive a copy of the item </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Final form, review copy, uncorrected proof </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review instructions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content guidelines - what to cover </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Length (# words) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliographic info. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Due date – usually 2 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Email or mail address for submitted review </li></ul>
  10. 10. How Do I Write a Review? <ul><li>Look at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intro material and index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promo flyers and ad material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publisher web site – pre-pub information available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online bookstores </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Barnes & Noble , </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reviews posted , plus reader reviews </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Book Review Details <ul><li>Consider the audience – librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Ask myself: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>if I had 1-3 minutes to read this review, what would help me decide to buy this item? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quality of text and binding </li></ul><ul><li>User Aids: photos, illustrations, diagrams, charts, addenda </li></ul><ul><li>Author / Publisher reputation </li></ul>
  12. 12. Post-Book Review <ul><li>May receive a final copy of the item from publisher after review is published – contact publisher directly </li></ul><ul><li>Reference books – usually publication copy </li></ul><ul><li>Add items to the collection as a gift </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Processed through Acquisitions, then Cataloging </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Additional Benefits of Reviewing <ul><li>Publications for your C.V. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with Editors and the publishing industry </li></ul><ul><li>Learn publishing cycles and marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Add “free” titles to the Libraries’ collections </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition for BU and the Libraries </li></ul>
  14. 14. How do I get started? <ul><li>Generate a writing sample </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Article for a publication – national / regional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thesis / dissertation sample </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarly journal article if the principal author </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Previously published book review </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. How do I get started? <ul><li>Referrals from other book reviewers and colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Publisher receptions and exhibit booths at library conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Notices from discussion lists and websites – call for book reviewers </li></ul>
  16. 16. Recent Notice <ul><li>Reviewers needed: Library Journal is looking for readers interested in reviewing books on contemporary international affairs, particularly in the Middle East but also in Russia, Latin America, Africa, and Far East Asia. </li></ul><ul><li>Please send a résumé and two sample reviews to Tania Barnes, assistant editor, LJ Book Review, at tbarnes@ </li></ul>
  17. 17. Collection-Building Benefits <ul><li>Add “free” titles to the collection </li></ul><ul><li>Compare titles to similar items in the collection </li></ul><ul><li>Fill in gaps in a collection </li></ul><ul><li>Take cues from publishing industry marketing and trends to build collections </li></ul>